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Don’t Stand Too Close to this Ship Launch – Spectators get Wet!

If you’ve ever seen a ship of this size launched into the water, you know that sometimes, they literally just drop them in, sending water everywhere! This time was no different, but some of the spectators on hand might have not been familiar with how a situation like this one normally goes down. While standing on the water’s edge to watch the exciting ship launch, the wake of the boat being dropped in the water would head to the river bank quickly, maybe a bit too quickly. We watch as the water rushes over the land and engulfs a couple of folks who were a little bit too interested in getting close to the action.

Ceremonial ship launching is the process of transferring a vessel to the water. It is a naval tradition in many cultures, dating back thousands of years. It has been observed as a public celebration and a solemn blessing. Ceremonial ship launching

Ship launching imposes stresses on the ship not met during normal operation, in addition to the size and weight of the vessel, and it represents a considerable engineering challenge as well as a public spectacle. The process also involves many traditions intended to invite good luck, such as christening by breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship is named aloud and launched.

Check out the video below as the water takes no prisoners, overtaking anybody who dares to stand too close to the action.